The violent protests which followed the funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25 year old, killed while in police custody, were provoked by police according to teachers and young people in the area.

Quite apart from the provocation of the killling of African American Gray and the years of poverty, unemployment and police brutality, suffered by low income populations and in particular those of colour in Baltimore, eye witnesses say police had been provoking high school students for the two weeks following the death of Gray. According to the Real News report above, police had been harrassing students as they left school, demanding to know which bus they were catching and then arresting students, some as young as 14 years old, if they did not get on.

After the weekend funeral, on Monday police turned up at schools in full riot gear to meet the students as they left school. This time they prevented children from getting on the buses and effectively kettled them in one place so that they were stuck. A teacher reported: 'The riot police were already at the bus stop on the other side of the mall, turning buses that transport the students away, not allowing students to board. They were waiting for the kids.…Those kids were set up, they were treated like criminals before the first brick was thrown.' As another said: 'If I were a (Douglas) student that just got trapped in the middle of a minefield by cops without any way to get home and completely in harm's way, I'd be ready to pop off, too.'

The repression against young people has been stepped up in the city, with a 10pm curfew and schools closed yesterday. The events in Baltimore come less than a year after similar scenes in Ferguson, which sparked protests around the US and the world, particularly among school students. Once again it is young people at school who both bear the brunt of oppression,as their future is stolen from them, and who are in the forefront of the fight to create a different world.